Monday, 28 April 2008

12th Parliament convenes today, 222 MPs to take oath...

The 12th Parliament which convenes today following the general election on March 8 will see the 222 Members of Parliament being sworn in.

Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia is scheduled to take his oath of office as the new Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat. A vote will be taken to fill the two posts of deputy speaker.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) has nominated Santubong MP, Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and Beluran MP, Datuk Ronald Kiandee while the DAP has nominated Kepong MP, Dr Tan Seng Giaw.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, will officially open the first session of parliament tomorrow (Tuesday). The first meeting is scheduled for 16days up to May 27.

The Dewan Rakyat is set to record history, 99 MPs will be new faces while the opposition will be represented by 82 MPs, more than four times the number in the last parliament.

Permatang Pauh MP, Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is set to create history as well, as the first woman Opposition Leader.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat, (PKR) which she heads, has 31 seats in the Dewan Rakyat, the highest number among the opposition parties. The DAP has 28 and PAS, 23.

The Dewan Rakyat proceedings are expected to be heated this time around, considering the varied background of the MPs and the inclination of many of them to be vocal. The public will be able to follow the question-and-answer session in the House as Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) will broadcast live a 30-minute segment of the proceedings during meetings beginning Wednesday.

Before the dissolution of Parliament on Feb 13, the Dewan Rakyat had 219 seats of which 199 were occupied by the BN, 12 by the DAP, six by PAS and one each by the PKR and an independent MP.

Parliament snippets

BN MPs: 140

Opposition MPs: 82

New MPs: 99

Among the youngest MPs: Teo Nie Ching (DAP-Serdang) and Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR-Lembah Pantai) - both 27

Longest serving MP: Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (BN-Gua Musang); since 1969

Number of women MPs: 24

First woman Opposition Leader: Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR-Permatang Pauh)

Mother and daughter: Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR-Permatang Pauh) and Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR-Lembah Pantai)

Father and son: Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur) and Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Bagan)Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) and Gobind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong)

Father and son-in-law: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (BN-Kepala Batas) and Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau)

Brothers; Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad (BN-Johor Baru) and Khalid Abdul Samad (PAS-Shah Alam)

Some backbenchers to look out for:
1. Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz (Kuala Kangsar)
2. Khairy Jamaluddin (Rembau)
3. Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan (Kota Belud)
4. Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir (Jerlun)
5. Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (Santubong)
6. Datuk Mohamad Aziz (Sri Gading)
7. Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (Kinabatangan)
8. Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah (Lenggong)
9. Datuk Halimah Mohd Sadique (Tenggara)
10. Datuk Ismail Kassim (Arau)
Pakatan Rakyat MPs to look out for:
1. Tony Pua Kiam Wee (DAP-Petaling Jaya Utara)
2. Chua Tian Chang (Tian Chua) (PKR-Batu. read here)
3. Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (PKR-Machang)
4. Wee Choo Keong (PKR-Wangsa Maju)
5.Charles Santiago (DAP-Klang)
6. Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (PAS-Kuala Selangor)
7. N. Gobalakrishnan (PKR-Padang Serai)
8. Gorbind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong)
9. Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (PAS-Kota Raja)
10. Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj (PKR-Sungai Siput)
11. Jeff Ooi (DAP- Jelutong: read here )

Source: The Sun

Also read here, here and here


novice101 said...

A plea from a member of the electorate.

Dear members of parliament, all I want is a peaceful and harmonious country. Please always have the love of our country in your hearts no matter what you undertake from this day onward.

Please help to have the riches of our country distributed equally to all segments of society. Spread joy and happiness to one and all, young and old.

Please have a heart for the senior citizens in our society who need help and care. Make their remaining years pleasant and carefree, appreciate the contributions they have made to our country.

Spare a thought for the poor and struggling families that exist in this nation of ours. Most of the time, they are voiceless, lend them your voice. Let their plight be known in parliament and help bring them the necessary assistance for them to create a decent life.

Do not forget the young, help build a healthy environment so that youthful talents can blossom. Help to create an environment that is free of drugs and pornography. Put your talents together to see that quality education is provided to the future leaders of our country.

Allow good sense and decency to be your guides in whatever you do from today. Always be aware and conscious of your prime duty - to help to unite the people and to do your best to discard all words and deeds that can disunite the people

Anonymous said...

Selamat bersidang to the newcomers.

Will be expecting some lively debates from you guys, especially from the Pakatan Rakyat MPs.